Today we’re going to talk about makeup primer. For a lot of you the response will be “say what?”. Primer is one of my favorite products; the whole point of it is to make your skin perfect for applying makeup. It goes on after your moisturizer/sunscreen (you’d better be wearing something with sunscreen in it or else I’m going to spank you!). It’s made out of who-knows-what but it glides on and makes your skin feel like velvet. Seriously, I could sit and pet my face for hours after I put this on. But instead I put on my foundation. Or if I’m having a less-is-more makeup day, I put on my blush, concealer and powder over the top. Either way, it helps the makeup do its job better by keeping your face smooth and silky-looking. It also helps the makeup stay in place and not look too shiny. If you live in a hot sweaty climate, it’s a must in the summertime. Especially since it’s oil-free.
Another great benefit of primer is that it sinks down into any fine lines you have, making you look a little less wrinkly. Perfect for light lines like crows feet. It also works well on big pores.
My favorite brand is by Smashbox. It’s called Photo Primer and the product I like best is the basic clear primer. (There are tinted ones as well, but I don’t like to mess with colors; I’d rather use my makeup to color-correct.) It’s not cheap ($36.00 for one ounce) but it lasts a long time. Sadly this is kind of an upscale item and the drugstore brands haven’t really jumped on the bandwagon yet. But they will! This is such a great product that it’s only a matter of time.
If you want skin that stays dewy and radiant looking all day and keeps your makeup in place, this is the thing for you. If you want to try it out first and make sure it’s something that you like, try buying a sample tube of it on ebay. Sephora sells it too and you might be able to snag some samples there.
14 thoughts on “Makeup Monday–Primer”
i love. love. love. primer. except i use Mary Kay’s primer (much less expensive..only$16.) and yes, it is a must have for summer!
I keep meaning to use primer… thanks for this reminder. Speaking of sunscreen, I’m in the market for a new one b/c my Murad one really makes my eyes sting. Do you have any recommendations?
Do you want face moisiturizer with sunscreen in it or just an overall sunscreen?
Good question. I prefer a combo of moisturizer w/ sunscreen.
For facial moisturizer I did a post a little while ago about my favorite. http://www.beehiveandbirdsnest.com/2012/05/makeup-monday-my-favorite-moisturizer.html . Another choice if you just want an all-over skin lotion with SPF 15 is by Vaseline (hey, it’s cheap!) If you’re indoors most of the day that’s a good choice. But use something stronger on your face, OK?
Thank you. You are awesome. Good luck with your computer issues.
I could have sworn I learned this from your blog . . .
The main ingredient for most primers is dimethicone, and that’s the same thing that Monistat uses to make chafing relief powder gel for sensitive areas that we shave and such. After reading about it on a blog (like I said, I thought it was yours), I bought a tube for about $8 and I’ve been loving the velvety feel ever since. It’s not even half gone. Yay for saving money!
You definitely didn’t hear this from me! I’ve never even heard of it before. I’m going to have to try it out!
Primer is awesome! I use eye shadow primer and it makes ALL the difference in how the color goes on and stays. I need to bite the bullet and get face primer too!
I love primer too! I’ve been using the Monistat chafing relief powder gel for several years and it works just as well as Smashbox’s primer. It is a definite must-have for the make-up bag.
OK, That’s it! I’m heading off to the grocery store right now to buy some!
I am in love with primer. I have been using Smashbox as well, I read a blog post somewhere that talks about Monistat being able to be used as a primer as well. The blogger actually compared Smashbox and Monistat and they are pretty similar. I want to get it but I need to get over the fact that it is made for something other than my face, lol
So can you wear primer without foundation? Because I never wear foundation…
How have I NEVER even heard of this???